My rating: (3 / 5)
Maybe I’m just getting tired of reading so much apocalyptic and dystopian YA, but this one just didn’t really do much for me. The best part was that the characters were well-developed and sympathetic. The worst was that they stretched my suspension of disbelief somewhat when a kid with no actual battle experience came up with the plan that saved the day and the whole town.
By then I was pretty well committed to the book, and pushed through to the end, but I think it would have been a better read without the draggy epilogue. At that point I just kept wishing it was over.
I get that kids in YA books – particularly teens – are expected to be intelligent, efficient problem-solvers. I get that they are also supposed to be realistic teens. This book pushed a bit oddly on both those accounts. Either you are so shy and nervous you’re afraid to play baseball, or you’re so brave that you’ll run straight into gunfire. I mean really? Just couldn’t wrap my head around some of it. Bah. Maybe I’m turning into a grumpy old lady reader.